Gordon Vayo Forged Documents In Online Poker Lawsuit, PokerStars Claims
It seems 2016 World Series of Poker main event runner up Gordon Vayo was trying to conduct a bluff on PokerStars parent firm Rational Entertainment Enterprises Limited (REEL) and got captured.
Vayo, who sued REEL at May 2018, alleged the site illegally prevented him from cashing $692,000 in winnings by a high-stakes poker championship in May 2017.
Vayo’s lawsuit, where he maintained REEL participated in a “pattern of fraudulent and unlawful conduct,” was recently dropped by Vayo later PokerStars’ lawyers presented forged bank statements and internet service provider bills that Vayo submitted to argue his case.
In these new court documents filed Nov. 12, REEL is hitting back at Vayo with a $280,000 countersuit.
“Plaintiff Gordon Vayo’s (“Vayo”) bad faith behavior in fabricating and relying upon fraudulent, forged evidence in an effort to fool the Court and REEL climbs to the amount of sanctionable misconduct enough for this Court to exercise its inherent ability to grant lawyers ‘ fees,” the filing states.
Vayo has after all dropped his lawsuit against REEL along with his first lawyer has stepped out of the situation.
“As soon as REEL discovered the forgery and confronted Vayo about it, Vayo voluntarily and unconditionally dismissed this action, and his counsel withdrew,” the filing states.
Vayo filed his first suit back in May alleging that PokerStars froze his winnings by a Spring Championship of Online Poker championship where Vayo was to pocket 692,460.93. According to the first litigation, REEL maintained Vayo was playing out of his house in California, while Vayo stated he had been in Ottawa, Canada. REEL asserted that Vayo linked to the net with a mobile device from Los Angeles, California over 50 occasions medially Mar. 24, 2017 and July 31, 2017, which Vayo “used a Canadian mobile internet provider to spoof a Canadian IP address,” and asked that he prove he had been physically present in Canada at the time of this event to get his tournament winnings.
In December 2017, Vayo delivered REEL his online service provider bills (Bell Canada) and bank account statements (First Republic Bank) to establish he had been entitled to the winnings.
“REEL later learned that these documents were forgeries that Vayo had created to defraud REEL,” that the Nov. 12 filing conditions.
REEL said it obtained a “tip” by a third party that Vayo’s banking and online documents were changed by means of a record forger Vayo hired to conceive the belief that Vayo was in Canada throughout the SCOOP tournament.
“Perhaps the most telling sign of forgery: The average daily balance in the original May 2017 bank statement received from the third party is $26,995.21,” that the Nov. 12 filing conditions. “In Vayo’s version of the statement, however, the average daily balance is $29,995.21 – identical to the penny, except that Vayo’s version flips a 6 to a 9. A change like this-especially when paired with the fact that the amounts in Vayo’s Account Summary do not sync with the amounts in his deal log-is a clear sign of forgery. “
PokerStars, the planet ‘s biggest online poker site, isn’t legally permitted to provide online poker to individuals situated in California. In the United States, the site has created a return to the New Jersey online poker marketplace and will serve clients located in that nation.
The Nov. 12 countersuit requires Vayo to cover at REEL partially 280,000, saying “REEL is thus the prevailing party in Vayo’s frivolous lawsuit, and it is entitled to recover its fees and costs pursuant to (1) the Court’s inherent authority to sanction bad-faith conduct; (2) the terms of the contract on which Vayo sued, which require Vayo pay REEL’s fees in these circumstances; and (3) Isle of Man law, which governs this dispute and as a general decree awards fees to the prevailing party. REEL’s motion should be granted, and it should be awarded $279,347.40 (plus whatever it spends related to this motion), the reasonable amount of its attorneys’ prices; also as $8,641.08, the nontaxable prices REEL has incurred thus far (REEL seeks taxable costs in a different program ). “